Mid-Session Update


This week the powerful Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee (JFAC) began work to set budgets for Fiscal Year 2020. While the governor requested an 8 percent increase in revenue for the state budget, the Economic Outlook Committee had requested a 5.7 percent increase. JFAC voted for a 7 percent increase. At that 7 percent, JFAC will be able to fund programs such as Medicaid Expansion and the governor's Literacy Proficiency program.

Public safety was also a big topic! This week Governor Little signed HB 12 into law, making the opioid-overdose drug available from any licensed or registered health care professionals in the event of an overdose. This new law will save thousands of lives. The Idaho Senate also overwhelmingly passed SB 1028  this week to extend workers' compensation coverage to first responders who suffer from traumatic and serious work-related psychological injuries.

And the senate also worked on legislation regarding Idaho’s liquor licenses that would apply only to sit-down or hotel restaurants. Senator Michelle Stennett has been watching this bill closely in the State Affairs Committee. SB 1040 would get rid of the state's current quota system for issuing liquor licenses based on population and instead delegates power to local cities and governments to issue licenses that could be distributed anywhere in the state. The current system either forces entrepreneurs to wait years for a $750 state-issued liquor license or spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy a license on the secondary market. Right now, the bill is being held in committee to make some improvements. The sponsor of the bill, Senator Rice (R-Caldwell), plans to add amendments and bring it back to committee next week. Thanks to Michelle Stennett for keeping us in the loop this week on these important developments!

2019 Mid-Session Town Hall Meetings


We are halfway through the regular session of the 2019 Idaho State Legislature. Senator Michelle Stennett, Representative Sally Toone and Representative Muffy Davis will update you on the latest developments and take your questions on everything from Medicaid Expansion to public school funding, transportation and more.

Learn about how you can get involved, what progress is being made on the issues you care about and what is on the docket for the second half of the session!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Ketchum - Ketchum City Hall, 480 East Street, at 6:00 pm

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Hailey - Blaine County Democrats Office,16 W. Croy Street, at 8:00am
Shoshone - Lincoln County Community Center, 210 Beverly Street, at 10:30 am
Gooding - Zeppe's Restaurant, 215 Main Street, at 12:30 pm 
Hagerman - Hagerman City Hall, 110 W. Main Street, at 3:30 pm

HRJ 2 Undermines Idaho's Democracy


 The legislature rushed HRJ2 through the Idaho State House’s State Affairs Committee on Friday February 8, 2019. As written, the proposal would ensure the majority party controls the legislative redistricting process.

Currently, our US Congressional and state legislative districts are drawn by an independent, bipartisan Citizen's Redistricting (Reapportionment) Commission which is bound by guidelines defined by state law that Idaho voters approved statewide in 1994. It is a balanced and fair commission with even representation from both parties that requires a two-third majority to approve the districts.

Under the terms of HRJ2, the majority party will choose the seventh member of the Redistricting Commission and it also allows a simple majority to decide the boundaries of the Congressional and state legislative district maps. Bottom line: This bill seeks to consolidate power in one party’s hands and threatens our democratic process.

Building Democratic turn-out at Blinken Event

We had a great evening at last Wednesday's Blinken Event at Ambassador Blinken's Ketchum residence. Our local and candidates ignited enthusiasm for the November election, bringing on cheers and excitement for Idaho's future. There's definitely a force of change in the air!


Announcing our State Delegates

We have our official voted state delegates for the 2018 Idaho Democratic Party State Convention. Thanks to everyone who stepped-up and signed-up for being a delegate candidate. We are so happy that so many people wished to be part of this experience! Blaine County, you're one engaged group of citizens. Our state delegate caucus was brief and efficient—and also fun as it was during our Headquarters Open House.

Without further-ado, here are your representatives to this year's state convention from Blaine County:

  1. Gini Ballou, ballou2350@msn.com
  2. Ned Burns, nedhelio@gmail.com
  3. Sara Burns, sarajo1@gmail.com
  4. Karen Bliss, kaebliss@cox.net
  5. Patti Dorr, dorrps@mac.com
  6. Renoir Finiziorenoir.finizio@gmail.com
  7. Kim Laragan-Uranga, klu@sunvalley.net
  8. Pedro Manuel Miramontesakuanaux@gmail.com
  9. Betty Murphy, bmurphysv@aol.com
  10. Bev Robinson, bjrrobin@cox.net
  11. Brent Robinson, bjrrobin@cox.net
  12. Tammy Schofield, tammyeschofield@gmail.com
  13. [Alternate] Janie Davidson, jwdavidson@cox.net

Delegates, congratulations and thank you for becoming a delegate to the Idaho Democratic Convention on June 29–30 in Caldwell.

Although elected, Senator Stennett and Janie Davidson decided not to attend as to encourage more participation from our local Democrats.


— Pedro Manuel.

A good start for the season

We are now officially moved into our headquarters for the 2018 election cycle. I feel that this space is going to be a great to organize ourselves for this summer's campaign work. Thanks to everyone who showed up to our Headquarters Open House & Caucus. Your enthusiasm is palpable! Also, a big thank-you to Michelle, Janie, Patti, Jeff, and anyone else who helped make our new office how great it is.

Stayed tuned for updates on our office hours. You'll have to be sure to visit us and say hello. Ha, and even make some phone calls…


— Pedro Manuel.